Scouting Mike Bellamy

There will be a number of great running back prospects to keep an eye on as we inch closer into the 2011 recruiting season. Shon Carson, 5-9 and 195-pounds, from Lake City (SC) comes to mind as well as 5-11 and 185-pound Savon Huggins from Jersey City (NJ) St. Peters Preparatory. Only one can be the overall top ranked running back in the land and Mike Bellamy gets my vote for that early honor.

Mike Bellamy, a 5-10 and 175-pound speed merchant from Punta Gorda (FL) Charlotte High School is as explosive as they come for the class of 2011. A true threat to take it the distance each andevery time he touches the football regardless of field position or down and distance. There isn't much Bellamy can't do at this stage of his career.

Inside, outside or catching balls out of the backfield he makes it all look the same, easy.

One of the first things you notice is his ability to make the first man miss and run away from defenders. Bellamy appears to be gliding across the field while everyone else appears to be stuck in quick sand. It's almost as if the other players have shoes weighted down with weights because things seem to be effortless for Bellamy on the football field. He has exceptional quickness and anticipation of where defenders are going to go and once they arrive he has vacated the area in a split second. He reminds me a little bit of Percy Harvin in his ability to make that one "hard cut" and once that happens he explodes through the second level and it's off to the races.

Bellamy has been to Gainesville several times and has a relationship with more than a few current and future Gators. It will be very interesting to see how these relationships impact the recruiting process for Mike Bellamy and his family. I believe from talking to him on several occasions that he wants to be a Gator (no question about that). The issues I see is his desire to come into regardless of the situation and not only have meaningful playing time but to start wherever he ends up.

Can he go to South Florida, Central Florida or maybe a few other SEC teams and start? Who knows but the chances of anyone pulling that off with the Gators is next to impossible with the stable of backs that the Gators have at their disposal. If his desire to start as a true freshman outweighs his desire to win championships then Mike Bellamy will not be a Gator. Not unless something changes moving forward. However, I do believe that he will come to the understanding that he will have every opportunity to come in and make an impact with the Gators and that will be all he needs to hear.

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